Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"[COVERED]: We covered a variety of topics today. Having previously discussed Newton, kinematics, vectors, integration, Work, and Energy, we filled in the gaps by covering applications of those more general concepts which we had skipped in the interests of tying the fundamentals together. We covered Elastic Forces (Springs, Hooke's Law). We hit Tension (including a few more complex two-object systems, arriving at a synthesis that showed how the system could be analyzed as one object). We covered Uniform Circular Motion (direction of the acceleration, the work done by the centripetal force, and a complex problem modeling a tetherball). We covered Galilean Relativity, Inertial vs. Accelerated Frames and fictitious forces as seen from those accelerated frames. We covered Center of Mass calculations. We discussed the Conservation of Energy, reapplying it to Simple Harmonic Motion system, as well as more generally to the conservation of Mechanical and other types of Energy. We briefly introduced Momentum and Collisions, leaving the bulk of that discussion for our next session Monday. [EXTRA PRACTICE]: I told the student to review the homework problems which he had gotten wrong that were assigned to him by his class, as well as to read through the lesson plan, doing problems we did not do together, but for which he had the solutions."
"The student had a practice midterm that covered the first half of the final. Working through the problems, he did well with gravitational attraction equations. On the next two problems, involving pressure, he made good headway but need help with the concept of atmospheric pressure in the gauge pressure equations; once that was cleared up, he had little issue with the equation pushing and computations to solve them. The next problem, involving harmonic motion of a weight on a spring, took some time and thinking, but he was able to get through it with little intervention on my part. He had a second practice midterm that covered the other material that would be on the final. He has the math and logic to do well. I have confidence in his abilities."
"I helped him review homework on subatomic particle physics and then we went through a practice exam."